Mel Gibson is expecting his ninth child

Sarah Norton

Mel Gibson is expecting a baby.

The 60-year-old actor and his girlfriend of two years, Rosalind Ross are expecting a baby in early 2017 PEOPLE have confirmed.

Ros and Mel are so happy. Source: Getty

Mel currently has eight children Hannah, 36, Lucia, 6, twins Edward and Christian, 34, Louis, 28, William, 31, Milo, 26, and Thomas, 17.

A friends close to the couple told PEOPLE that the parents-to-be are 'excited' about the news.

"Mel loves being a dad and he and Rose can't wait to be parents together. The last two years have been some of his happiest years he's ever had," they told the publication.

Mel loves being a dad. Source: Getty

The Oscar winner first went public about his relationship with the much younger Rosalind, 24, at the Golden Globe Awards in January this year.

Rosalind is a writer and former equestrian vaulter.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

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